What are we reading?

One of the best ways to become an advocate for refugees and immigrants is by educating yourself about their stories. We highly recommend the following stories and books to learn more:


When Deportation is a Death Sentence

The New Yorker by Sarah Stillman

Why we recommend it: Many people do not understand that deportation isn't just about separating families and people from their lives. It can be a matter of life and death.

Read it here.



NO SANCTUARY: In Philadelphia, it's open season on Undocumented Immigrants

A ProPublica/Philadelphia Inquirer investigation by Deborah Sontag and Dale Russakoff

Why we recommend it: This indepth series describes the aggressive practices of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in Philadelphia against undocumented immigrants with no criminal record shows and how little oversight there is.

Read it here.




Dreams and Nightmares: I Fled Alone to the United States When I Was Fourteen

By Liliana Velasquez (HIAS PA former client), edited by Mark Lyons

Why we recommend it: There are a lot of news articles and books about the unaccompanied minors who are fleeing violence in Central America and making the dangerous trek to the United States. This book is written by a girl who went through it herself.

Learn more here.








A Backpack, a Bear, and Eight Crates of Vodka: A Memoir

By Lev Golinkin

Why we recommend it: During the 1980s and 90s thousands of Jews left the Soviet Union to start new lives in the United States, leaving behind anti-semitism and poverty. In this memoir, Lev Golinkin describes his journey to make sense of this past.

Learn more here.


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